- a dining hall in a religious house, a college, or other institution.
Origin of refectory
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Examples from the Web for refectory
Raymonde had just escaped for a few minutes from the refectory, where she was on duty.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
He would return to the refectory, as if relieved of some great crime.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
The bell rang for supper, and they went down to the refectory.
But if his reception in the refectory was chilling, his welcome in the courtyard was warm enough.
Then the bell rang for breakfast, and he went down to the refectory.
- a communal dining hall in a religious, academic, or other institution
C15: from Late Latin refectōrium, from Latin refectus refreshed
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Word Origin and History for refectory
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